Home steam showers are a hot item these days. A big obstacle for many people is the cost it takes to purchase one.
Building your own steam shower is a cheaper alternative, but before you grab your toolbox…
You don’t have to be Bob Vila to do it, but there are certain tasks are important to successfully build a steam shower. Unless you have the necessary skills, be prepared to work closely with a plumber and an electrician.
Among other things, the following three tasks are a necessary part of your checklist:
1. Install a steam shower generator
2. Purchase a special door to seal it
3. Cover the roof of the enclosure
The last two steps are particularly important because steam will wreak havoc if it’s able to escape the enclosure. It will cause damage to drywall, paint, and wallpaper. Not to mention the rotting problems that you’ll have to deal with.
Covering It Up
A couple of good options for this step are to purchase an acrylic dome top or a cover made of fiberglass or stainless steel.
Whatever you choose, consider a sloped or curved ceiling. This isn’t necessary, but…
If the ceiling is flat, condensed water will constantly drip straight down.
I’ve used steam enclosures with flat ceilings. It seemed that whenever I was slipping into a peaceful state, I would get hit in the eye with a drop of water!
If there’s a slope, you won’t have to worry about that because water will run down the sides.
Use A Vapor Tight Door
If you’re going to prevent steam from escaping your steam shower enclosure, a vapor-tight door is crucial. Shower doors are sold in many different styles and colors.
Install A Steam Shower Generator
Without a steam generator, well You can’t build a steam shower. The steam generator’s job is to produce water vapor (steam). It’s what will add the steam to your shower.
You can’t buy just any steam generator though! It needs to be the correct size. No worries – dealers do provide help in choosing the right model for your situation.
Depending on your handyman skills, you’ll need to have a plumber and electrician to make connections. In fact, your warranty could be voided if you don’t hire credentialed professionals for the job.
This article outlines just three steps needed for building a steam shower, but you will definitely need to do your homework to learn how to build a steam shower that works. It’s very doable, but you need to make sure you have all your bases covered first to ensure a successful project.